Sustainable Farming Project Seeking New Farmer Participants In SJ Valley Watershed

A program that promotes sustainable farming heads into its fifth year looking to expand its reach in the Lower San Joaquin Valley River Watershed.

The San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project, which operates the project, is recruiting new almond, alfalfa and cotton growers in Merced, Madera and Fresno Counties for the 2018 season.

Growers can learn more about the program during a field day from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, February 15 at the Firebaugh Mendota United Methodist Church, 1660 O Street, Firebaugh. Tom Casey of the Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and Orvil McKinnis of the Westside San Joaquin RiverWatershed Coalition will provide updates about 2018 pesticide regulations and the watershed.

By enrolling in the program, growers learn valuable strategies to improve yields while becoming better environmental stewards in today’s tough economic and regulatory climate. Sponsored the Sustainable Cotton Project (SCP), the program connects growers with some of the state’s leading University of California extension advisors and researchers.

Over the years, the program and its growers have gained recognition nationally and internationally.  Growers will receive these benefits:

  • SCP field scouts who work with growers’ existing pest control advisors to augment field scouting.
  • Six field days per year focusing on pest and crop management issues, crop diseases and management, biological farming and water and regulatory issues.
  • Access to top UC farm advisors and integrated pest management expertswho will help farmers deal with current issues ranging from pest and disease management to irrigation.
  • Best Management Practices implementation planning and annual hedgerow seeds and beneficial insects, when needed.

For more information or to inquire about enrolling, please contact SCP Director Marcia Gibbs at (530) 370-5325 or  marcia@sustainablecotton.org.

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